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Kenya’s famous Masaai warriors are renowned for rituals and customs which they keep to this day, but the spread of COVID-19 is disrupting their traditional way of life.
Fears over the pandemic has forced them to cancel their semi-nomadic lifestyle and all the traditional celebrations.
According to the World Health Organization report rounding out the end of March, the country has only reported 38 confirmed cases and 1 death – compared to 656 cases in Egypt and 1326 cases in South Africa.
While pastoral traditional production system of herding livestock is relatively stable, many of pastoralism support system were brought to halt. The nutritional status of the local communities is often sustained through supplementary supply of vegetables and starch procured from the market.
The collective nature of the daily life in these communities – staying in common spaces, collective decision making arrangement, communal ceremonies, indigenous learning/story telling – is also a potentially high factor for the spread of COVID-19.
The Maasai revere their history and their culture, passing down stories and tales of previous lives which revolves like a precious heirloom from one generation to the next.
Letaari Salaash, a village elder speaks of the challenges: “The Maasai are known for gathering in different homesteads for different social reasons, but now it is a challenge. We cannot go to anybody’s homestead anymore.
The Maasai are being hit economically as the traditional markets where they trade their cattle are suspended.
Exerpt from Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewwight/2020/04/05/why-are-kenyas-maasai-changing-ancient-habits-covid-19/#4c5ed864346b.
Africa news https://www.africanews.com/2020/05/13/covid-19-disrupts-tradition-business-of-kenya-s-maasai-community//
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